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Comment Re:Conform or be expelled (Score 3, Insightful) 320

I agree with AC. By sending the money directly to a board member you may be exposing them to risk (losing the money, misusing it etc). You are playing the passive aggressive approach and then getting upset that they are fining you. You are causing the fight.

I am in Australia and HOA are totally unknown to me. The closest is the agreements that unit (condo) owners have to abide by and i have heard of similar petty issues. One was where the association would not agree to having cable TV laid throughout the condo building so most owners had to install satellite instead. That happened simply because some older owners did not want cable themselves so would not allow the buildings funds to used to install it. Even though it would add value to the building, even if they don't use it themselves. Sometimes people just look for something to fight about.

Comment Re:Why bother? (Score 1) 421

and another good example is internet explorer. When it was competing with Netscape, it was out innovating Netscape as well as using underhanded methods such as embedding it in the operating system. Once netscape was dead, it stopped innovating. Finally Firefox took off, and chrome. So without competition MS does not innovate.

Another example of underhandness. Apple was leading with Quicktime which had a proper extensible architecture. They had to do a Windows version of Quicktime and hired an outside firm to port it. Microsoft was struggling with performance of Media Player until they hired the same firm and surprise surprise that firm knew all the techniques to accelerate the performance of video. Where would they have learned that.

Comment Re: Maybe, maybe not. (Score 1) 652

Gawd. Another looney denier. Learn some science and read any of the gadzillion scientific papers confirming it. This year will be the hottest year on record for Australia. Not surprisingly so were most of the previous ten years. You can expect it will be true for the next umpteen decades. Notice the trend? Perhaps it might be of concern?

Putting a price on carbon has its problems but it at least assigns a market cost to the offsets required to mitigate carbon use and uses market forces to change behaviour.

Comment Re:Problem? (Score 3, Informative) 186

There is no Northern Hemisphere "bias". It is just that there is more land in the northern hemisphere and more cropland. So it influences the seasonal cycle more. There would be no CO2 advantage to moving the crops from the Northern Hemisphere to the Southern Hemisphere. It would be nett neutral.

Comment Re:Riiiight. (Score 1) 186

Best to read the source article http://www.nature.com/nature/j...

They are looking at the seasonal swing of CO2, it goes down in Summer and up in Winter. They are not saying it causes a net CO2 gain. It agrees with the book chapter you linked.

Cutting down trees which grow slowly and only few die each year, does increase the seasonal swing as you replace them by fast growing plants that die off every year.

Comment Re:M.O.O.N. that spells Mars (Score 2) 246

That should be the first step. Learn how to mine the moon, export water to space, split the water to make fuel, oxygen etc. Mine moon materials and be self sufficient within easy communications range of earth. The skills learned there will be useful in eventually going to Mars. The distance for resupply is more realistic. The fuel created can be used for other missions. It is the next logical step from the ISS.

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